Vientiane authority has ordered all enterprises, department stores, supermarkets, minimarts, night markets, clothes shops, building material shops, shops selling household goods, cosmetic shops, electronic shops, phone shops, and wholesale and retail shops to close between Sep 20 and 30 to rein in locally transmitted cases of Covid-19.
The ban imposed by the Vientiane Department of Industry and Commerce yesterday requires shops at fresh markets that sell agricultural produce, fresh food, dried food, food ingredients, and take-home food to open between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm and practice social distancing of 1 metre.
Gas stations can provide service from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm as long as Covid-19 preventive and control measures are strictly observed.
The notice also bans increasing goods and service prices, hoarding goods and selling products with low quality and alcoholic drinks.
Some 331 new Covid-19 cases including 296 local infections have been recorded nationwide over the previous 24 hours. Of the local transmissions, 176 were detected in Vientiane alone.
Source: Lao News Agency